Before Anderson Silva even defends his title tonight against Thales Leites, a war seems to be brewing between the UFC middleweight champion and his former Chute Boxe teammate, Wanderlei Silva. Anderson Silva called Wanderlei Silva’s move to 185 pounds “pretentious” last week, a statement that Wanderlei didn’t take too kindly.
“He is too cocky,” Wanderlei said in an interview with Sherdog.com. “I hope he can read this. … I never talked anything bad about him; I always respected him. He has always been my friend, always respected me, but now he came with that statement. I can’t understand that. I didn’t come down to 185 to face him. Actually I didn’t have that intention. … Changing divisions and fighting the champion would be too pretentious. I should have to have many fights before facing him, but concerning his last statements, I think the way is open and the war is declared.
“If he beats Thales, we will meet and we will see if he will be able to do everything he says,” Wanderlei continued. “He knows me; I know him. We trained a lot together. He knows my failures, but I also know his failures, and I know nobody has given him a hard time. Nobody has beaten his face badly. I believe the future is pretty promising. Let’s wait and see.”
One thing is for sure, if that fight were to take place, it would finally give Anderson Silva the big marquee fight that he’s been looking for. For the full interview with Wanderlei Silva at Sherdog.com, click here.